Dell has announced its latest-generation XPS 13 laptop based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core "Comet Lake" processors. Initially, Dell’s new 13.3-inch notebooks will come with quad-core CPUs, but starting from October the company will also offer the laptop with Intel's top-end hex core model.

Being one of the most popular 13.3-inch notebooks on the market, the XPS 13 has a long history of evolution. The 2019 XPS 13 model 7390 has been completely redesigned both inside and outside. The new machines come in a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber composite or woven glass fiber palm rest, so they look considerably different than their predecessors. Among other things, key peculiarities of the new XPS 13 are its thickness and low weight. The PCs feature a 7.8 – 11.6 mm z-height and weight of around 1.16 – 1.23 kilograms depending on the model, so the new laptops are among the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch notebooks on the market.

The new XPS 13 latops are equipped with a 13.3-inch LCD panel with thin InfinityEdge bezels as well as an 80.7% screen to body ratio. The display panels feature a 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 resolution, 400 nits brightness, a 1500:1 contrast ratio as well as Dolby Vision support on select SKUs.

The latest Dell XPS 13 computers are based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 Comet Lake-U processors. The CPUs are cooled down using a brand-new cooling system that relies on two fans, an ultra-thin vapor chamber, and GORE thermal insulation to ensure stable performance even under high loads.

The XPS 13 systems can be equipped with up to 16 GB of soldered-down DRAM as well as a PCIe SSD up to 2TB in size. When it comes to connectivity, the XPS 13 7390-series features a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5 controller, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm jack for headsets, and other options. As for multimedia multimedia capabilities, the new laptop has two 2 W speakers co-designed with Waves MaxxAudio, a far-field Cortana-capable microphone array, and a newly designed 2.25-mm 720p webcam located on top of the display lid.

Dell says that the XPS 13 notebook is equipped with a 52 Wh battery that can enable operation for up to 19 hours on one charge (based on the Mobile Mark 2014 benchmark), but the real-world battery life is something that remains to be seen.

When it comes to availability, Dell’s new XPS 13 with quad-core CPUs will be available starting August 27 at $899.99.

Specifications of the Dell XPS 13 7390
  General Specifications
LCD Diagonal 13.3-inch
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 1500:1 1500:1
Color Gamut 100% sRGB 100% sRGB
Features Dolby Vision Dolby Vision
Touch Support with or without touch Yes
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4
CPU  Intel’s 10th Gen Core i3
 Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5
 Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7
Graphics Intel's UHD Graphics
RAM 4 - 16 GB LPDDR3 DRAM (onboard)
Storage 128 GB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD
256 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
2 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
Wireless Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 (based on Intel's silicon)
USB 3.1 2 × TB 3/USB Gen 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3.0 -
Thunderbolt 2 × TB 3 (for data, charging, DP displays)
Cameras Front 720p HD webcam
Other I/O Microphone, 2 stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 52 Wh
Dimensions Width 302 mm | 11.9 inches
  Depth 199 mm | 7.8 inches
  Thickness 7.8 - 11.6 mm | 0.3 - 0.46 inches
Weight non-touch 1.16 kilograms | 2.6 pounds
touch-enabled 1.23 kilograms | 2.7 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $899

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  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    It's a typo. I can confirm it's 16:9. Thanks!
  • Cygni - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    It's a typo, they have LPDDR4X-3733 on the dell page. It wouldn't surprise me if Intel is mandating (or even bundling) that RAM config.
  • nehway0912 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Sorry could you share the link? I can't seem to find any source from Dell indicating the new 7390 will come with lpddr4x.
  • brakdoo - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    I can't find it on the Dell page. Are you mistaking it for the new 2-in-1?
  • Cygni - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Yeah you may be right, this website is a disaster and I can't even tell which version of the XPS 13 some of the tech documents are for. It looks like there are 4 separate product lines with the same name all for sale right now?

    The 3733 is for the Ice Lake CPUs.
  • ajp_anton - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Really? Comet Lake doesn't even support frequencies that high.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Dell's official spec sheet: "4GB-16GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel SDRAM at 2133MHz (On Board)"
  • kalgregor - Thursday, August 22, 2019 - link

    Oooh. I would be very interested in a 16:10 Dell laptop.
    I am a little envious that Mac\Chrome books have been the only laptops with decent aspect ratios.

    I really hope Dell push this out to more laptops, or at least to their business line. e.g. Latitude and Precision. I have been purchasing 16:10 monitors for all our laptop users.
  • Teckk - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Show some love for the XPS 15 please! And yeah LPDDR3?
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    16:10 is nice, but is there really enough value to in going to 4K on a 13 inch panel at the cost of added GPU workload and reduced battery life? It just seems like a candidate for GUI scaling which means there isn't much of a net gain in going through the trouble of ramping up resolution on such a tiny display beyond adding a bullet point on sales materials.

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